“I wanted to help build and create things. If I'm going to be happy, I need to have consistent projects where I'm building something out of nothing or I"m going to go crazy,” said the man on video chat with me. Dan Schmidt owns a virtual CFO business which is completely cloud based and works with clients all over the nation and world. Prior to this he spent twelve years in accounting and finance consulting, working with Fortune 500 and middle market companies. He had the idea about it four years ago. “I like the creative markets better,” he told me, “Things come one at a time and you work where you are and then you keep your arms open for the next opportunity.”
Dan loves working with start-ups. “I want to see entrepreneurs succeed. I offer accounting, analysis, and financial advice. I don't just give you a sheet of numbers, I help you drive your business forward. Why should business get in the way of you building your dream?” Dan talked about how it was important for him to get out of the mindset of being a service provider and into that of a mentor. His desire is begin supporting a company when they have one or two employees and help them grow to a point where they need to hire someone to do what he is doing.
I asked him what it was like to have a dream that supports the dreams of others. “Watching other people succeed is more fulfilling than anything else I can do. Coming to peace with that has been a struggle which has taken a long time for me to accept. But there is a deeper, quieter fulfillment that comes with watching someone else, being able to accept both of those has been a part of my journey.” We discussed the difficulty that can come when a part of you desires to take the stage but the other part of you knows exactly what your dream is and it doesn’t involve a stage. The desire to be seen and known is something all humans possess.
"The internal feeling is going to more than compensate for when people don't recognize,” Dan told me, “Some of it is how you are wired. We all have to accept that we have pieces of angels and demons both inside of us. You will grieve some moments and celebrate others. Trying to suppress one or the other doesn't work.”
Pieces of angels and demons in us.
We all have them. I think what Dan is teaching me is that sometimes helping someone else build their dream is an important part of the dreaming process. Maybe that’s your big dream, to help others build theirs. Even if it isn’t, there is so much to learn and glean from supporting the dreams of those around us.
“I love what I do,” He said as we wrapped our conversation, “I feel like I've found the place I was made for. Maybe what I'm doing is not what you were made for. Everyone has a reason they were made and put on earth. I hate when I see someone who allows business things to get in the way of living their dream. I want to take the weight of that off them so they can get to doing what they were created to do.”
Find your reason. Embrace your angels and your demons. Learn how to celebrate and support the dreams of others. You and I are not islands. We need each other. We make each other better. As The Killers told us, “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”
To learn more about Dan’s business and for his help with yours, contact him here.
Mutiny Well, Dreamer.